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The Dawn of AIDS Ages Ago

Alexander Reed Kelly
Associate Editor
In December 2010, Alex was arrested for civil disobedience outside the White House alongside Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges, Pentagon whistle-blower Daniel Ellsberg, healthcare activist Margaret Flowers and…
Alexander Reed Kelly

Researchers hypothesize the first human infected with HIV was a Bantu hunter who came into blood-to-blood contact with a chimpanzee with a similar virus in a jungle in Cameroon more than a century ago.

But the story doesn’t begin there. Ages before the inter-species transmission, “virus hunter” Nathan Wolfe says, an intracellular event created an ancestor of the virus that was passed down to us today.

Radiolab:

— Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.

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